Prehistory of Saladin (A.D. 1138-1193)
, Asia Minor
This invaluable monograph appeared in Minorsky's Studies in Caucasian History (London, 1953), pp. 107-157. It is a scholarly account of the Kurdish origin of the 12th century warrior and politician Saladin, founder of the Ayyubid dynasty and first sultan of Syria and Egypt. Saladin led Muslim resistance to the Crusaders and was renowned for his intelligence, piety, and chivalry. Contents include: Saladin in Western Tradition; Iranian intermezzo in Azerbaijan; Vicissitudes of Dvin; Saladin's origins; Conclusions; and two appendices: Kurds under the Ayyubids, and Eastern expansion of the Ayyubids. Graphics in zipped HTML files prepared by user Robert Bedrosian.